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Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

competitive, smart people, creative, awesome

Cons

work life balance, business changes, reviews, software

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company struggling to find its new way

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Great Local Country Leadership Team
    * Ability to impact a large audience
    * Lately, more "coolness" factor in products and services

    Cons

    * Too much politics -- you grow because of who you impress, not your results
    * Performance Review system is crap. It is aimed to demotivate all employees, including top performers
    * Headcount limitations in small organizations, but no space to bring simplification to reduce workload and stress. Everything is "top priority"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Create clear career paths for all functions. It is insane that you expect employees to change job/country while impacting (reducing) salary...even with a promotion!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pays well - but overly bureaucratic, too many under-performing employees,

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    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great health benefits - which are going away in 2013
    Good pay, especially stock + bonus once you reach the principal level and beyond
    Lots of interesting projects & technologies available, with interesting scalability problems
    Good career advancement opportunities given how big the organization is, if you want to move into management/leadership roles

    Cons

    Too big, bureaucratic
    Lots of empire building leading to under-performers getting hired for jobs that they are not qualified for
    People who just don't care about what they're building
    If you work in the Silicon Valley office, communication/coordination issue with HQ and frequent traveling up to Redmond

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring some passion back into the game, trim the fat

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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